Memory Aids for Ham Radio Call Signs
Some people find memorizing things is easier if they associate it with something else. This is how a lot of acronyms come in existence and how “memory experts” sell their tips.
Their memorization techniques generally don’t work for me. If your name is Karen, your chosen career is a Nurse, and I cannot remember something as simple as that how does thinking of Karen as “Carin” as in A Nurse Cares For Someone help? The steel sieve leaks enough!
The other night I was happily working FT8 (A popular digital mode. See the Know-How Resources tab for more articles on that topic). A call from a grid square I don”t have confirmed popped up. I looked at the call and did a double take — K3LA. I had to work that one!.
Why? I am a train enthusiast. The Nathan K3LA air horn is one of the most common and widely used locomotive horns in the USA. The Nathan K5LA, with 5 trumpets, is less common but even more impressive. The ham radio call sign K3LA belongs to Chester located in Sharon, PA. His QRZ page gives no biography info, so I have no clue if his call sign was an available 1×2 call, or perhaps Chester really likes Nathan air horns, or trains in general.
I was watching some other interesting call signs.
W0BLE. is that “Wobble”? “Wobbly”? or W0 Bessemer [&] Lake Erie [RR]?
M0WIT. “Mow it”? or “Mo Wit”?
K3GPS, a member of our own ham radio club and now a Silent Key, was famous for his love of technology. The call sign fit him perfectly.
What interesting calls have you seen?
See “ya down the log.